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Re: Keel/hull repair need thoughts and input
I am not an expert. My comments are based on what I can see in the photo.
The above having been said, it looks to me like the same old thing, a little movement where the keel joins the hull. Remember the kind of forces subjected on a keel by a boat that is going upwind. This causes subtle movement. Most famously perhaps is the Catalina smile, a similar symptom. The keel of this boat has remained attached for more than 40 years, so don't panic. Second, develop a plan. Unless you somehow have not got overwhelming corrosion starting at the keel bolts, this is not going to be too painful.
The first part of developing that plan is exploration. Look at those keel bolts. How badly are they rusting/rusted? Dig out the paint and filler near the crack and see what's up. You may end up as easy as re-torquing the keel bolts (Oh, so very carefully) and refilling/fairing the cracks.
To me this looks fairly minor, but I am ready to defer to the more learned aboard the forum.
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